Catalunya : Konica Minolta Honda Day One
The KONICA MINOLTA Honda Team ended the first day of free practice of the Catalunya Grand Prix with Makoto Tamada settling for fourteenth place on the provisional time sheets with a lap of 1'43.944” realized during the second half
of this afternoon free practice.
The day started with summer weather, interrupted around midday by a sudden rain shower stopped a few minutes before the beginning of the second session of free practice.
Gianluca Montiron – KONICA MINOLTA Honda General Director
“The first sixteen riders are all contained in one second. A hard battle is expected for the qualifying session of tomorrow defining the starting grid of the seventh round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. Today we noticed Makoto's lack of feeling with tyres. During the two sessions of today, he tested different kind of tyres but he did not find the necessary feeling permitting him to have good performances in the second and fourth sector. The changeable weather conditions did not definitely help Makoto. The rain fell just before the beginning of the second session of free practice probably modified the ground grip condition and Makoto was not able to adapt to this change. I must really thank all members of the KONICA MINOLTA Honda Team who, as usual, are giving their best to permit Makoto to ride in the best conditions.
Makoto Tamada – KONICA MINOLTA Honda Rider
“Here I counted to find again the same positive sensations I had in Mugello during the test held after the Italian GP. Up to now, I did not have the conditions to be able to ride incisively in the acceleration phases when exiting the long corners characterizing in particular the second and fourth sector of this track. Now we have to deeply analyse our data to understand how to improve.”
Konica Minolta Honda